Giuseppe Rossi watches Genoa win in Coppa Italia ahead of return to Italy
Giuseppe Rossi took in Genoa’s 1-0 Coppa Italia win over Crotone on Thursday night as he prepares to complete his return to Serie A by joining Il Grifone.
Rossi, who has been without a club since being released by Celta Vigo in the summer, posted a tweet of him departing New York’s Newark airport on Wednesday, with the hashtag #comeback following the words “next stop Serie A.”
He reportedly underwent the first in what are expected to be a series of in-depth medical examinations in Genoa on Thursday before taking his place in the stands at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to watch his future teammates set up a round-of-16 trip to Juventus by beating Serie A rivals Crotone.
His injury history, with four cruciate ligament tears — the last of which sidelined him for six months in April— means the Serie A club will take a thorough look at his condition before offering a contract.
— Marco Bovicelli (@MarcoBovicelli) November 30, 2017
Rossi has been recovering from his latest injury in his native New Jersey while searching for a new club.
Genoa put in that call earlier this week with their new coach Davide Ballardini keen to strengthen the attack of a team who have scored just 12 goals in 14 Serie A games this season.
The 30-year-old, who recently said he had not given up hope of adding to his 29 caps for Italy, is expected to put pen to paper on a contract with the club this weekend.
He has scored 25 goals in 53 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina and Parma, with 64 in 170 La Liga outings for Villarreal, Levante and Celta Vigo.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.